Fiat has started the production of its new electric SUV, the 600e, at its Tychy plant in Poland. The 600e is a compact crossover that combines retro design cues with modern technology, aiming to appeal to urban drivers who value style, sustainability, and practicality. The 600e is the second electric model from Fiat, following the launch of the new 500e city car last year.
The Fiat 600e is not a direct successor to the 500X, which will remain on sale until at least 2024. Instead, it is a new addition to the Fiat range that offers more space and versatility than the Fiat 500e while retaining some of its charm and character. The 600e also revives a classic nameplate from Fiat’s history, as the original 600 was a popular rear-engined car that was produced from 1955 to 1969.
The new 600e is based on the Common Modular Platform (CMP) developed by Stellantis, the parent company of Fiat and several other brands. The CMP platform is also used by the Jeep Avenger, Peugeot e-2008, and Opel Mokka-e, among others. However, the 600e has its own distinctive look, inspired by the new 500e and featuring circular headlights, a prominent grille with a 600 badge, and a rear bumper with the Italian flag embossed on it.
The 600e will be available in four colors that represent the sun, sea, earth, and sky of Italy: orange (Arancia Sole d’Italia), green (Verde Mare d’Italia), sand (Sabbia Terra d’Italia) and blue (Azzuro Cielo d’Italia). Fiat has also announced that it will no longer sell cars painted grey as part of its new philosophy of bringing more joy and color to its customers.
The interior of the 600e is similar to both the new 500e and the Jeep Avenger, borrowing the steering wheel and climate controls from the former and the center console from the latter. The entry-level models will bear the Product Red trim, available in black, white or red exterior colors, and Fiat will offer an upgraded La Prima trim with interior upgrades and the four Italy-inspired exterior colors.
The 600e features a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as a 7-inch digital instrument cluster. There are also multiple USB ports, a wireless smartphone charger, and a six-speaker sound system. The La Prima trim adds electric seat adjustment, a massage function, and synthetic leather upholstery.